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Yale University

Anatomy of the Chest, Neck, Abdomen, and Pelvis

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WARNING: THESE VIDEOS CONTAIN IMAGES OF HUMAN DISSECTION. MAY BE DISTURBING TO SOME. Human structure is important to all of us as it has been for millennia. Artists, teachers, health care providers, scientists and most children try to understand the human form from stick figure drawings to electron microscopy. Learning the form of people is of great interest to us – physicians, nurses, physician assistants, emergency medical services personnel and many, many others. Learning anatomy classically involved dissection of the deceased whether directly in the laboratory or from texts, drawings, photographs or videos. There are many wonderful resources for the study of anatomy. Developing an understanding of the human form requires significant work and a wide range of resources. In this course, we have attempted to present succinct videos of human anatomy. Some will find these images to be disturbing and these images carry a need to respect the individual who decided to donate their remains to benefit our teaching and learning. All of the dissections depicted in the following videos are from individuals who gave their remains to be used in the advancement of medical education and research after death to the Yale School of Medicine. The sequence of videos is divided into classic anatomic sections. Each video has a set of learning objectives and a brief quiz at the end. Following each section there is another quiz covering the entire section in order for you to test your knowledge. We hope these videos will help you better understand the human form, make time that you may have in the laboratory more worthwhile if you have that opportunity and help you develop an appreciation of the wonderful intricacies of people. ANATOMY OF THE CHEST, NECK, ABDOMEN, AND PELVIS WAS PRODUCED IN PART DUE TO THE GENEROUS FUNDING OF THE DAVID F. SWENSEN FUND FOR INNOVATION IN TEACHING. This work was supported in part by the Kaplow Family Fund, Yale School of Medicine. COURSE CURRICULUM: ANATOMY OF THE THORAX, HEART, ABDOMEN AND PELVIS RECOMMENDED TEXT GRAY’S ANATOMY FOR STUDENTS, RICHARD L DRAKE, ELSEVIER. ONLINE AND PRINT EDITIONS ADDITIONAL RESOURCE ATLAS OF HUMAN ANATOMY, FRANK H NETTER, ELSEVIER. ONLINE AND PRINT EDITIONS. We would like to thank all of those who have contributed to the creation of this course: Charles C Duncan, MD, Producer & Director, Professor of Neurosurgery, Pediatrics and Surgery (Anatomy), Yale School of Medicine William B Stewart, PhD, Associate Producer, Narration, Anatomist, Chief Section of Human Anatomy, Department of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine Shanta E Kapadia, MBBS, Anatomist, Lecturer in Anatomy, Section of Human Anatomy, Department of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine Linda Honan, PhD, Professor, Yale School of Nursing Harry R Aslanian, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology) Yale School of Medicine Jonathan Puchalski, MD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine (Pulmonary), Yale School of Medicine Michael K. O’Brien, MD, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine Mahan Mathur, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology and Bio-Medical Imaging, Yale School of Medicine Lei Wang, MLS & Kelly Perry, Technical, Yale Medical Library Anna Nasonova, Artist, Yale School of Architecture Rachel Hill, Artist and Technical, Yale College Philip Lapre, Technical, Section of Anatomy, Department of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine


  • Course Overview and Introduction to the Physical Exam
    • This course has two main aims. The first aim is to teach you the language of medicine, and the second aim is to teach you to learn how to reason in three dimensions. Put in a more simple way, we're asking you to learn how to see and feel what you cannot see.
  • Chest Cavity and Lungs
    • This module aims to solidify your understanding of the relationship between the lungs and the body wall.
  • Anatomy of the Heart
    • This module aims to solidify your understanding of the relationship between the lungs and the body wall.
  • Mediastinum and Great Vessels
    • These lectures discuss the Mediastinum. Recall the mediastinum is that region of the chest cavity that lies in the middle, between the left and right pleural cavities.
  • Anatomy of the Neck
    • These lectures discuss the anatomy of the neck.
  • Anatomy of the Abdomen
    • These lectures discuss the anatomy of the abdomen.
  • Abdomen (Duodenum and Pancreas)
    • These lectures discuss the anatomy of the heart.
  • Abdomen (Mesenteric Vessels, Retroperitoneum, and Kidneys)
    • These lectures discuss the mesenteric vessels, retroperitoneum, and kidneys.
  • Pelvis and Perineum
    • These lectures discuss the anatomy of the male and female pelvis and perineum.

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Charles Duncan and William B. Stewart


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  • Detailed, no-nonsense anatomy course, including lectures with drawn diagrams, videos of endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures, and cadaveric dissections. The course is a bit disjointed (my impression is that it's more of a compilation of videos than a designed mooc) but it's often great material. I'm not sure it's the best choice for a first anatomy course.
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  • Stella Chikwem
    Extensive and well organised, I bet you will learn more as a medical personnel or even someone inquisitive about the human body.. Thank you Yale university, coursera and class central!!!
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    Mary Ellen
    Excellent course for those with anatomy & physiology background. The autopsies were very interesting.

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